We farm our vineyard using a method we’ve developed and named eco-dynamic agriculture. By reintroducing the native wildflowers and bunch grasses between the rows and around the periphery, we strive to increase biodiversity as much as possible. As a result, our vineyard has become a continuation of the surrounding environment, as opposed to an oasis for non-native and sometimes harmful pests. We think of it as a form of agricultural habitat restoration.
In addition, we have a non-profit organization called the “Center for Eco-dynamic Restoration,” to promote and share this type of farming with the larger agricultural community.
We named our vineyard Meadowlark Vineyard because the promotion of native bunch grasses provides habitat for the beautiful Western Meadowlark, a ground-nesting bird in our region. By reintroducing indigenous ground cover into the vineyard, we’ve brought back the required habitat for the Western Meadowlarks, who in turn reward us by eating pests and providing harmonious song while we work among the vines.
Kiva Dobson Reservations and Information:
6 Lyle Snowden Rd, Lyle, Washington 98635, United States
Open Fridays thru Sundays 12-6 from Mother's Day through Thanksgiving Weekend and By Appointment 541-400-8147
Mother's Day through Thanksgiving Weekend... By Appointment in the winter at 541-400-8147
Short walk from parking in a field to the tasting room. Somewhat uneven ground. Curbside unloading available as needed.
Eco Friendly Notes
Certified organic wines. Our philosophy is that nature provides all we need to make a delicious wine, true to where we live. Thus, our wines are vegan (without egg white or fish bladder clarifiers) and made in a way that reflects the true character of the Columbia Gorge Appellation and all its intricacies. Nothing added, nothing taken out ~ Nothing but the grapes.
Locally or Family Owned Notes
We are a small, family-run, organic winery making natural wines, unfiltered and pure in the old world traditions. We have been making organic wines in the Columbia River Gorge AVA since 1993.